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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
HBO The Newsroom #9 Mock Debate
Me Rhonda” is my new name for this episode.“Help Me Rhonda” is a website that Will McAvoy has been going to for relationship
advice. It’s sweet that Will is so troubled over his relationship with
Mackenzie, but Will has a top-notch therapist who can give him relationship
advice—why is this supposedly intelligent and powerful man seeking advice from “Rhonda”
as if he were a love-sick teenager.
Don and Maggie, Jim and Maggie, and Jim and Lisa love-maze could actually use
the help of Rhonda. Don sees other women whenever he and Maggie break up, which
is frequently.Maggie doesn’t know about
this, but Jim does. Don gets advice from the Rhonda wannabes in the newsroom to
tell Maggie the truth. Jim gets advice from the Rhonda wannabes to tell Maggie
that he has feelings for her. Everyone in that office is a Rhonda.
men arrive at Maggie’s apartment late at night. Lisa is Maggie’s roommate so she’s
there too. When Jim sees Don and Maggie together, he loses his never about
telling Maggie he loves her. When Lisa sees Jim, she thinks that he is there to
try to persuade her to start over with him. Her heart melts, she kisses him
before he can speak, and they leave to go for a walk so they can talk
privately. This gives Don and Maggie an opportunity to have a heart-to-heart. There
is no sound during this final scene, but we see Don and Maggie talking, and Maggie
doesn’t look very happy.Oh, the comedy
of errors. Even Rhonda couldn’t sort this one out.
and Mackenzie are as messed up as ever. Mac is still carrying the torch for Will
is still punishing Mac. He brought Brian (Mac’s ex who she cheated on Will
with) into the newsroom to write a magazine article about the show so Mac would
have to be reminded of her infidelity every day. With Brian in the newsroom,
Mac and Brian have the opportunity to hash a few things out as well. I don’t
think Rhonda would approve.
real therapist tells Will that Mackenzie cheated on him with Brian because Brian
rejected her and she wanted to get back together with him just long enough so
she could reject him and then she
would feel better about the breakup with her ex. The therapist tells Will that his continual rejection of Mac is not
making him feel better, because Will doesn’t feel rejected, he feels betrayed. This
is my “finally-we get-an-adult moment-on-this-show” moment of the week.I hope we see more of this therapist.
back at the newsroom, Will gets to stage his mock debate for the RNC team.He has this idea that he will host a free-wheeling
no-holds-barred debate where he gets to play hardball. He says this will be
good for the Republican party because it will clear out the clown-car and leave
only the serious candidates to continue running for the nomination. (Serious
candidates?What serious candidates? The
only possibly serious candidate was John Huntsman who could never get past 1%
in the polls.)
is surprised that the RNC guys don’t like his proposal. Really? Surprised? Tell
me, Will, how many years have you been in the news business?But never mind, the mock debate provided the
opportunity for the political-polemic part of the show.
maybe Will really is an idiot. The script writers seem to be trying to portray
him as such. Will is trying to change his pants and he falls face down in his
boxer shorts—splat—in the middle of the newsroom.Apparently, he is trying to put both of his
legs into one of the pants’ leg. Has something like that, ever in the history
of the world, actually happened?
take it back about renaming this review “Help Me Rhonda.”I now want to name it, “Help-Me-Dear-God-I-Can’t-Take-These-Ridiculous-Scripts-Any-More.”